Dance school suc­cess

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

BOD­IES In Mo­tion proved again that size doesn’t mat­ter with an­other stu­dent be­ing ac­cepted into an ex­clu­sive dance school.

Tamika Pitt is one of only 25 stu­dents from around Aus­tralia to win a place at the Queens­land Dance School of Ex­cel­lence in Bris­bane next year where she will com­bine her Year 11 school stud­ies with full-time dance train­ing at a pro­fes­sional level.

The school is con­sid­ered a step­ping stone into some of the world’s best bal­let and dance com­pa­nies with for­mer grad­u­ates now soloists in the Aus­tralian Bal­let, Queens­land Bal­let, Dance North, Ban­garra Dance The­atre, English Na­tional Bal­let, Royal Dan­ish Bal­let and the Moulin Rouge.

“I’ve al­ways loved bal­let but I never dreamed I’d get this far at such a young age,” Tamika said.

Fel­low Bod­ies In Mo­tion stu­dent Sena Fu­ji­wara, 11, was also re­cently ac­cepted into the Aus­tralian Bal­let School’s in­ter­state/ in­ter­na­tional train­ing pro­gram while teacher Saskia Turner was one of only 30 dancers cho­sen as a full-time stu­dent at the RAW Dance Academy next year.

Bod­ies In Mo­tion prin­ci­pal Prue Borzi said she was ex­tremely ex­cited for her stu­dents.

“I know I’ve said it be­fore, but it re­ally doesn’t mat­ter where you live,” she said.

“Small dance stu­dios in re­gional ar­eas can com­pete with the big­ger metropoli­tan schools.

“If you have good tech­ni­cal ground­ing, work hard and al­ways aim to be the very best at what you do, you will suc­ceed.

“To know that my stu­dents are among the top dancers in the coun­try is an amaz­ing feel­ing and I wish them all the best.”

Photo by GREG MCLEAN

Big break: Sena Fu­ji­wara, Saskia Turner and Tamika Pitt are danc­ing on a cloud

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